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7. Tennessee

Tennessee was one of only 15 states whose unemployment rate went down in 2009-2010. Of the 141,845 people who came into the state that year, many came from Florida, Georgia and Mississippi, all of whose unemployment rates had increased.

One of Tennessee's major employers is the FedEx Corporation, and the Volkswagen factory and the North American headquarters of Nissan are also located there. Tennessee ranks number one today in car manufacturing, and it's seen gains in its manufacturing sector, education and health services sector and professional and business services sector.

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